Karly Gutermuth

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 2

Karly hails from a small town in northern California. During college, she was a trip leader for UCSB’s Adventures Program, guiding students on kayaking, backpacking, canoeing, surfing, and rock climbing expeditions; she also helped manage the ropes course program. Karly has worked as a raft guide on the Trinity River in northern California, and last fall spent time with AmeriCorps and the Teton Science School; after that, she was a ski instructor in Steamboat Springs, CO. Most recently, Karly completed a NOLS instructor course. Karly returns to Adventure Treks for her second season as an instructor.

  • Education: University of California Santa Barbara, bachelor’s degree in biological sciences
  • Medical certification: Wilderness first responder, swiftwater rescue, AIARE avalanche level 1, PSIA level 1 ski instructor
  • Favorite outdoor memory:That’s such a hard question… Anything that involves being on top of a mountain, or singing around a campfire, or dancing down the trail.
  • Biggest outdoor achievement: I think getting making through 20 days of snow backpacking in the Wind Rivers was a big achievement. It was a challenge to be out in the backcountry in TOUGH conditions for an extended period of time. Being able to successfully live out there really showed me that I can live in any condition for an extended period of time and comfortably. A close second is climbing the 2nd and 3rd tallest peaks in the lower 48 in one day; seeing the sunrise on top of Mt. Massive was truly spectacular.
  • Favorite place you’ve traveled: Switzerland
  • Favorite hobbies: I am passionate about protecting our earth and teaching about the importance of everything it gives us to thrive as happy, healthy souls. I love being able to bring people into nature and show them the beauty and joy that frolicking around mountains and oceans can bring us. My hobbies include anything that involves being outside: backpacking, trail running, rafting, skiing in all forms, mountaineering, canoeing, etc. I also love baking, dancing, and playing the ukulele.
  • What are you most excited for this summer? The community that is built around people who love being outside and fully present in the wilderness.